Thanks to WCW reader Amy for turning me on to the cool new service Rypple, which seems to be a direct response to Gen Y's need for constant feedback at work.
The premise of Rypple is that successful people have friends, mentors, managers, and clients they view as trusted advisers. These people can give real, useful feedback, but often the process is awkward and time-consuming. And annual performance reviews are loaded because they are linked to your pay and/or advancement in the organization.
Rypple is especially relevant now because it’s a way to curb your anxiety if you think your job might be in jeopardy as so many are these days. Instead of wringing your hands worrying about what your boss really thinks of your performance of late, you can just ask.
How does it work? After you sign up (which is free), you go to “get feedback” to ask your mentors, co-workers, managers, friends, or clients a single question. Rypple lets them know you're looking for feedback or advice, and gives them a quick way to tell you what they really think (since their identity is kept secret). It only takes them a minute to respond and they don't even need a Rypple account. Then, you head to “review results” to see the responses as they come in.
The positive applications of Rypple are endless. I might even start using it to solicit recommendations from clients and audience members in real time, immediately after a project or an event. I wish the founders best of luck with this first class idea!